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Tree Commission

The Takoma Park Tree Commission was established “to preserve, protect and promote the urban forest of Takoma Park” and to hear appeals from tree permit decisions.

The Tree Commission has three main functions:

  1. Advisory: The Tree Commission, with the assistance of the Arborist, proposes rules, regulations, procedures and actions to be taken by the City to preserve and protect the urban forest, subject to the approval of the Council, and performs any other related duties assigned by the Council by ordinance or resolution. (See Chapter 2.16, Section 2.16.040 of the Takoma Park Code.)
  2. Judicial: to hear appeals from tree permit decisions, either from residents who have been denied a permit from the City to remove a tree or develop property around trees, or from neighbors who may object to the removal of a tree that has been given preliminary approval from the City Arborist.

For information on the activities of the Commission, please click on the following links:

Takoma Park Tree Ordinance

In order to promote and protect our urban forest, the City Council adopted a Tree Ordinance (Chapter 12.12  of the City Code) and employs an arborist to enforce the ordinance and manage the trees on public lands.

An Urban Forest Tree is defined as one that is at least 7 5/8 inches in diameter at four and one half feet above ground. (The Historic Preservation Commission of Montgomery Planning requires a separate permit for any tree over 6 inches in diameter. ) Unless the tree was planted as a replacement tree, trees smaller than these sizes are not covered by the ordinance. If you wish to remove a tree on your property or prune to remove more than 5% of live wood, or if you are planning to do construction or re-grading within 50 feet of a tree on your property or a neighbor’s, please check the Tree Permits page of the City web site: Tree Permit page.

Tree Commission Hearing Decisions

Hearing DateCase NumberAddress
December 7, 2021TC-2021-017205 Flower Avenue
December 15, 20202020-02430 - 434 Ethan Allen Avenue
August 12, 20202020-017600 Takoma Avenue
November 14, 20192019-027804 Carroll Avenue
February 28, 20192019-017222 Garland Avenue
November 29, 20182018-077316 Flower Avenue
November 20, 20182018-067110 Woodland Avenue
October 11, 20182018-0522 Philadelphia Avenue
June 14, 20182018-04715 Devonshire Avenue
March 7, 20182018-031103 Lancaster Avenue
February 1, 20182018-027222 Garland Avenue
January 11, 20182018-01914 Glaizewood Avenue
November 9, 20172017-08102 Geneva Avenue
November 2, 20172017-077412 Cedar Avenue
October 26, 20172017-06334 Lincoln Avenue
July 27, 20172017-04817 Colby Avenue
June 29, 20172017-037102 14th Avenue
May 25, 20172017-027320 Willow avenue
April 11, 20172017-016501 Kansas Avenue

Membership

The Tree Commission is composed of seven members appointed by the City Council. Each member serves a three-year term, ending June 30, and may apply for re-appointment to another term. Any interested resident of Takoma Park may apply to become a Tree Commissioner. Current Commission members are:

Tree Commission Members

First NameLast NameWardTerm Expiration
LongDo32025
MeipoMartin22025
PaulO’Brien42024
BartSheard32023
XavierSparrow32023
GorkyVilla22024
JamesWoodworth22024
Table: Current Tree Commission members.

Tree Commission Meetings

The Tree Commission meets on the second Wednesday of every month at 7:00 pm, in the Takoma Park Community Center (7500 Maple Avenue)*. The meetings (and hearings) are open to the public.

*Due to the COVID pandemic, some meetings may be held remotely. Please see the committee meeting calendar for Zoom links to register to view a meeting or meeting location.

For more information, please contact the Urban Forest Manager who serves as the liaison to the Tree Commission: urbanforestmanager@takomaparkmd.gov.

2022 Tree Commission Agendas and Minutes

DateAgenda & Minutes (PDF)
2022-06-08Agenda
2022-05-11Agenda
2022-04-13Agenda (The Tree Commission is scheduled to go into closed session after the meeting adjourns for the evening.)
2022-03-09Agenda

Tree Commission Minutes - March 9, 2022
2022-02-09Agenda

Minutes
2022-01-12Meeting Cancelled

Archival Meeting Agenda & Minutes 

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